Most of the time, public infrastructure goes unnoticed because we don't notice it when it's in good working order. Roads and bridges get us where we need to go, and the underground systems that bring water to our homes and then take it away when we flush it down the drain are all in good working order. But on the rare occasion when we do hear about infrastructure, though, it's bad news. Bridges collapse. Water mains break. Manholes explode. As for me, I'm pretty excited when you give me the chance to talk about infrastructure, whether or not it's front-page news. In my 15-year career, I've designed roads and pipe systems. I've inspected the construction of new neighborhoods. I've created models to compare and contrast designs. I've helped many engineers and construction experts learn how to make the jump from drafting boards to CAD workstations. I've been told I'm pretty good at breaking down complex, technical concepts into something that's easy and fun to follow. I've written articles and given presentations to small groups and big crowds. For a little while I was able to do this in English and Spanish (but I'll be the first to admit my Spanish was rough.)
Talking about infrastructure might sound boring, but it can be fun. (If you like the TV show Dirty Jobs, you know what I mean. ) I've had lots of fun assignments over the years. I've spent most of that time working in the architecture and engineering industry, and now I'm looking to apply my experience and skills to different industries and technologies, including mechanical engineering and design, mathematical modeling, networking technology, or web programming and design.